Nostradamus and a Future Nuclear War
Lost by a Country symbolized by “Three Lions”
Flames vomited orange clouds billowing like ghosts of Hari Krishna swamis released from the funerary pyre that had become the southwestern roof of Mumbai’s Hotel Taj Mahal, on Midnight, 27 November. A floodlight illuminated the delicate Maratha-style cupola atop the great tiled dome. The scotoma glare transported me to scry shapes of statuary out of overexposed hoary white floodlit pillars. The pillars had morphed into the statues of lions that at any moment could collapse in the suttee of terrorist lit firestorms. The smoke and flame threatening dome and cupola was the end result of jihadists running amok through the hotel halls, setting off gasoline bombs with grenades, pounding on hotel room doors searching for Western hostages, among them my friends. These jihadists played a deadly game of hide and “seeking” death and seventy-seven virgins in “Osama-bin-lying” paradise.
Above the curtain of fire smoke feeding a lungi veil of orange night skies, and bathed in floodlight, the pillars had become in my inner eye the white stone gathering of lions in tight circle atop the dome. These animal totems of the modern Indian State, stood on haunches at rest, in my reverie, forepaws straight, defiantly mute as if unmoved by the gunshots and explosions. Heraldry in stone looked down “en passant” at hunkering members of the world press agencies of TV networks, giving their sing-songy, fire and smoke singed South Asian accented reports, somewhat breathless with fear yet literate. The cadence of their account often interrupted by echoes of bullet ricochets on the stone expanses at their feet, or drowned out when the flash and thunder sticks of Indian Army sniper rifles atop the nearby Gates of India Monument tore the air overhead.
The vision lions in white lights above the fray reminded me of Nostradamus’ prophecy about India basing its animal totem of three lions on that of their British colonial masters. I introduced my readers to this interpretation in writings published 12 years ago, and retuned to the concept in my Mahatma Gandhi’s Prophecy bulletin of 31 December 2001.
Indian scholars wished to remind me each time I published the following interpretation that there are “four” lions in their animal totem tableau; however, as the picture above shows, one’s point of view only sees three lions at a time. A vision, be it mine or Nostradamus’ would see the same.
The following quatrain from Century 7 of Nostradamus’ prophecies was written in 1556 and could hint what Gandhi’s final Indo-Pakistani war in his prophecy might look like:
The prophet Nostradamus may have foreseen its outcome in Century 7 Quatrain 16. If the leaders of India and Pakistan could read this following warning, perhaps they would pause and reflect before they pass over the Line of Control, and send history out of control.
Entree profonde par la grand Royne faicte
Rendra le lieu puissant inaccessible:
L’armee des troys lyons sera deffaite,
Faisant dedans cas hideux & terrible.
The deep entry made by the great queen
Will render the place powerful and inaccessible:
The army of the three lions will be defeated,
Causing within a hideous and terrible event.
In 1996 I wrote the following interpretation for this quatrain in Nostradamus: The Complete Prophecies:
“In 1985, Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister of India, was gunned down by Sikh separatists who had infiltrated her bodyguards. The murder was in retaliation for her ordering the Indian Army’s bloody attack of Khalistani guerrillas holding out within the holiest shrine of the Sikhs, the Golden Temple in Amritsar. The ‘great queen’ could be Mrs. Gandhi or her granddaughter, Priyanka, who is being groomed for power by the Congress Party. The army of ‘three lions’ is the Indian Army, (the Republic of India has ‘three lions’ huddled together in its federal device). If Nostradamus is not alluding to this incident, perhaps, he is implying some future defeat of a descendant of Gandhi in a war over Jammu-Kashmir and the Punjab. The final line could describe a breakdown of Indian society in the wake of sectarian violence after the defeat. Or perhaps ‘within’ something worse. Maybe our prophet is warning of a plague from ‘within,’ in other words, a radiation scourge caused by a nuclear disaster at the atomic plant near Mumbai (Bombay), or from a nuclear bush war with Pakistan sometime between 1996 to 2026.”
Mahatma Gandhi’s Prophecy, 31 December 2001
Quoting from pp. 510-511 of “Nostrdamus: The Complete Prophecies”
On the Winter Solstice, and exactly 4 years before the most accurate prophecy ancient clock, the “Long Count” of the Mayan Calender, runs out of time — to what apocalyptic end, either of doom or revelation, is not certain — the Trident-Oberoi and Taj Mahal hotels in Mumbai reopened for business. The dead terrorists and their victims have been buried or burned on pyres, the blood in the halls of hotels washed clean. The fa??üade of normalcy in traumatized Mumbai hides the seething passion for revenge and a reckonning with Pakistan. The cool Indian winter months might suppress these nationalist passions, but come mid-February, when the subtropical heat rises, what will come as a consequence of the following issues laid before the government of Pakistan by that of India on the Winter Solstice?
The surviving terrorist prisoner is using the last weapon left to him well. His tongue spits out rapid-fire evidence of extensive rogue Pakistani involvement in the training of his person with tacit support of some Pakistani military and government elements. He and his squad of attackers are a handful of hundreds of other terrorists, trained in camps in Pakistan, poised for future attacks on Westerners in India and even the West. As Mumbai hotels celebrated their opening in defiance of that terror, New Delhi demands its opposites in Islamabad do something, and soon, to control its militant proxies and militants operating inside Pakistan.
Islamabad, so far, has done nothing.
When the air starts getting hot and sultry in the sub-continent, and if Pakistan remains recalcitrant about its own home grown terror camps, India’s air force and paratroopers may lay fire upon them, before flame trees and jacaranda’s of the hot season bloom.
We will be on the brink of an Indo-Pakistani military confrontation when punitive attack happens. Part Six will show just how much a confrontation of the near future in 2009 may look more like a crisis from the near past back in 2001-2002.
(29 December 2008)